Despite injuries to their pitching rotation, the Chicago Cubs are 9-6 to start the season. Garnering wins in their last two clashes, Chicago looks to continue the momentum as they prepare for a three-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. A reinforcement is set to arrive too. On Sunday, the Cubs reportedly added Julio Teheran, per NY Post's Jon Heyman.

A 13-year vet, Teheran spent his first nine seasons with the Atlanta Braves, where he was named an All-Star twice. His first selection came during the 2014 season, where the pitcher went 14-13 with a 2.89 ERA and a 1.081 WHIP, in addition to striking out 186 batters. Teheran has five seasons with no less than 10 wins each, all of which came while donning the Braves jersey.

However, since 2020, the 33-year-old has only seen action in a total of 26 games while suiting up for four different teams. Teheran's most recent stint was a one-game appearance with the New York Mets last week, which ended in him becoming a free agent after refusing assignment from the team.

The Chicago Cubs as of late

Chicago Cubs pitcher Shota Imanaga (18) pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning at Wrigley Field.
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If immediately assigned to the majors, Julio Teheran joins a Cubs team who are still missing the services of All-Star Justin Steele and right-hander Jameson Taillon. Steele suffered a hamstring injury during the Cubs' opening-day game and is likely to be sidelined until May. Taillon, on the other hand, is expected to return from a back injury in the near future. Presently, the righty is already undergoing rehab starts with the Iowa Cubs.

Without Steele and Taillon, the remaining names on the rotation are Kyle Hendricks, Jordan Wicks, Shota Imanaga, Javier Assad, and Ben Brown.

Imanaga has been a revelation so far. In his third career start against the Seattle Mariners on Saturday, the rookie garnered his second win while striking out four batters. Presently, Imanaga has a flawless ERA of 0.00 in 15.1 innings pitched. Assad has been holding his own as well (1-0, 1.64 ERA in 11 innings pitched) but the same can't be said for some of the other starters.

Can the Cubs end the dry spell?

Chicago Cubs right fielder Seiya Suzuki (27) high-fives teammates in the dugout after hitting a solo-home run against the Seattle Mariners during the third inning at T-Mobile Park
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With all that being said, Chicago will still need a fully healthy rotation for a chance at ending their playoff drought.

It's been some time since the Cubs made the postseason. They were on the verge of an appearance last year until a sub-par September ended their season early. Entering this year's campaign, Chicago started strong, much to the surprise of many. After falling in their first two games, the Cubs piled up the wins, holding a 6-3 record at one point. They even took home two out of three in their series against powerhouse Los Angeles Dodgers. Although the momentum has slid down a bit in the last six games (3-3), Chicago has shown the ability to elevate their play to a higher level.

Their campaign has only begun, so it's too early for a prediction. But once Steele and Taillon are good to go, it will be interesting to see what the Cubs can achieve this season.